Hiroyoshi Nishizawa in his A6M3 Model 22 fighter over the Solomon Islands, 1943

Caption   Hiroyoshi Nishizawa in his A6M3 Model 22 fighter over the Solomon Islands, 1943 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2009 01:44:43 PM

Above photo: Mitsubishi A6M3 Navy Type O Carrier Fighter Model 22 of the 251st. Kokutai
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Dec 2009 06:58:33 PM

A Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 was recovered from Babo, New Guinea in 1991. The Zero was restored using parts from other Zero fighters The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engine. Its original Sakai engine was beyond salvage Interesting to note that before W.W.II the Japanese built under licence Pratt & Whitney engines. It is conceivable that Japanese aircraft could have been powered by Japanese versions of the U.S. design. Today there are only(3)flyable Zero's in the world. Pilots who have flown the Zero today have respect for the Japanese pilots who had skill and courage. No armor protection, no bullet-proof glass, no protection for fuel tanks. The Zero was vulnerable to enemy fire it had excellent maneuverability, and it was built as light as possible. Made from T-7178 Aluminum a top-secret development in Japan it was lighter and stronger than normal aluminum used at that time.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Apr 2010 10:10:44 PM

Photo of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa's Mitsubishi A6M3-Model 22 tail code UI-105,of the 251st. Kokutai, flying out of Rabaul: 1943. Camouflage is mottled green over light grey the green color looks weathered, aircraft had silver propeller spinner, the engine cowling is a blue-black color.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Apr 2010 08:29:30 PM

"How Did The U.S. Navy Fight The Zero" "The Thach Weave": Named for the man that invented it. And put it into operation. Lt.Commander John S. Thach This system was setup to combat the Japanese Zero fighter. Two fighters,a leader and a wingman,fly about 200 feet apart. When a Zero got into position on one of the fighters (six o'clock) or tail position, the two planes would turn towards each other, if the Zero followed the original target through the turn, it would come into a position to be fired on by his wingman. This maneuver protected both US pilots, and at the same time,gave each pilot a chance to fire on the Zero. This was used with very good results at the Battle of the Coral Sea, and at the Battle of Midway, this tactic helped makeup for the inferiority of US fighters, until new fighters were brought into service. With the F4F Hellcat,F4U Corsair and the P-38 Lightning appeared in the Pacific, the A6M Zero,lost its edge in air-to-air combat. The US Navy's 1:1 kill ratio jumped to 10:1 However, after 1943 US sucessess also had to do with the increasingly inexperienced Japanese pilots.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Apr 2010 08:48:44 PM

Out of the 10,449 Mitsubishi Zeros built only a handful survive today,some in museums and others that are able to fly, after years of restoration work. The aircraft that are flying, have had their Japanese engines replaced with US engines but only one is able to fly with its original Sakae engine. This aircraft "61-120" is now located at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in Chino Ca. USA
6. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
6 May 2010 09:22:22 AM

Technical Air Intelligence: Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit South West Pacific Area A.T.A.I.U.-S.W.P.A. During the early months of the Pacific war, the Allies needed information on Japanese aircraft. Teams were sent to find wrecked or abandoned planes and related equipment. Captured aircraft were made flyable usually from parts of others. A Technicial facility, was established at Eagle Farms, Brisbane, Austrlia to test,fly and pass on information learned to Allied forces. Some of the aircraft tested at Eagle Farms were Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero/Hamp.This fighter was rebuilt,from several aircraft. Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar, was made flyable from salvaged parts. Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony, refurbished and tested but grounded due to metal cuttings in the engine. It wasn't until American forces landed in the Philippines, during 1944 and captured Clark Field, did they find large numbers of abandoned Japanese aircraft, both Army and Navy, that could be salvaged and tested. It was as one pilot, said: "A Real Treasure Trove". This was the biggest find of the war Another Air Intelligence Center, was setup in the United States at Anacostia Naval Air Station, Washington,D.C., Aircraft were also tested at Wright Field, Ohio.
7. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
23 May 2010 04:20:48 PM

The A6M is known as the Zero from its Imperial Japanese Navy designation as: Type 0 Carrier-based fighter, the 0 taken from the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (1940). The Meaning of A6M: The "A" Signified Carrier-Based Fighter The "6" For Sixth Model Built For The Imperial Navy. The "M" For The Manufacture, Mitsubishi Allied Code Names: Japanese Aircraft were given male names to fighters, the Zero was code named "Zeke". Female names were given to bombers, and bird names to gliders. Tree names were given to trainers However, the A6M2-K trainer was never given a seperate code name, A6M5-K models were also built, but in smaller numbers, this variant was based on the A6M5, Model 52 In Japan the Zero was unofficially known as the Rei-sen or Zero-sen. Japanese pilots called their plane Zero-sen.
8. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2011 09:00:27 PM

NO SUCH THING... Continued from #3, April 17, 2010 No such thing as an average fighter pilot, you were either an ace or a target. Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa nick-named "The Devil" with 80 kills to his credit, died as a passenger on a Nakajima or Showa built L2D3 the Japanese version of the Douglas DC-3.
9. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Oct 2011 01:52:39 PM

DIFFERENT SOURCES SAY ONE THING OR ANOTHER: HISTORY IS A NEVERENDING DISCUSSION Nishizawa "The Devil" with 80 kills died as a passenger aboard a Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu bomber converted into a transport. The pilots were being flown to Mabalacat Air field, to pick up replacement zero fighters. Two US Navy F6F Hellcats attacked the transport near Calapan. Some photos do show a Nakajima or Showa L2D3/DC-3 on fire going down so the question will always be what's the real story. "Histroy is a neverending discussion" In 1936 he volunteered for the flight reserve enlistee training program, completed training in 1939 and qualified as a pilot in the IJNAF graduated 16th out of 71 men. Assigned to fly the A5M "Claude" fighter, until replaced by the A6M Zero. Photo shows Nishizawa flying his Mitsubishi A6M3, Model 22 Zero fighter, of the 251st Kokutai.
10. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Nov 2011 05:09:13 PM

The A6M Zero didn't have any armor protection for the pilot or fuel tanks. No bullet proof glass the plexiglass around the cockpit was 3/8 inch thick, just enough to keep the pilot out of the slipstream. The Zero did have long range and was very maneuverable Allied pilots were told never turn with a Zero in a dogfight. The improved Zero, A6M5 Model 52 Hei had armored glass in front and behind the pilot, the pilots seat was also armored, fuel tanks were protected and a C/02 system installed. Armament also improved 2x20mm cannons in the wings with 125 rounds per gun, plus 2x13mm machine guns w/240rpg in the wings, 1x13mm machine gun in the upper fuselage. In the hands of an experienced pilot the Zero was still a deadly combat aircraft.
11. Ron says:
11 Sep 2014 03:08:24 PM

Didn't the wing cannon upgrade to a high velocity Type 99-II replacing the low velocity 99-I with the Zero 22? What it lacked in rate of fire, it now made up for in long range hitting power. This change was in a sense comparable to the Luftwaffe Bf 109E 20-mm low velocity cannon swicth to the high velocity Mauser MG 151/20 in the Bf 109F-4! The Model 22 had full-span wings restored for carrying more internal fuel reinstating the range and manueverability lost by the Model 32 at the same time. Now you need a great pilot: Nishizawa! Perfect.

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